WATCH THE WEATHER
This is less of an ID tip than a bit of advice to help you to get into a situation where ID becomes pertinent. In brief, when the skies are clear, and the sun is out, our Swallows, martins and Swifts may seem to disappear, as they climb into the clear skies in search of flying insects. However, with low cloud and perhaps a bit of drizzly rain, they descend seemingly from nowhere and come down to eye level or below. This is particularly the case over water bodies, where the birds come down to feed off the surface as insects emerge. So, if you want to test your identification skills of this ‘group’, head out to your local lake or gravel pit when the weather is a bit grim.